VA Deal Looks Like its Come Together – Now, Can they Pass it?

by Rachel Baker on July 29, 2014

Here are three different articles regarding the bill for revamping the Department of Veterans Affairs and the medical care for military veterans. Hopefully it will pass – there is enough support, but, who knows what will happen.

Negotiators predict easy passage of bill to overhaul Department of Veterans Affairs

A sweeping proposal to revamp the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nation’s medical care for military veterans should have enough support to pass the House and Senate this week before lawmakers leave town for a summer recess, lead negotiators said Monday. |

Washington Post

How the VA deal came together

Top negotiators on a deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs turned to an unusual strategy that helped them arrive at Monday’s agreement: knock-down, drag-out arguing. Just last week, talks appeared on the verge of collapse as the leaders of a conference committee – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) – publicly slugged it out over differences on how to pay for the bill. Miller said Sanders was hurling “grenades” at Republicans rather than negotiating while Sanders called the GOP’s behavior “sad.” |


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Lawmakers Unveil $17 Billion Fix for Veterans Affairs

House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion package Monday to begin addressing long wait times and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a down payment on a broader reassessment of how the agency provides care to veterans. |

Wall Street Journal

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